The Session #71: Brewers and Drinkers
This month's Session Beer Blog on the topic of Brewers and Drinkers is hosted by John at Home Brew Manual.
And he hands over a loaded gun.
"Do you brew? If so why? If not, why not? How does that affect your enjoyment of drinking beer?"
My relationship with beer and how it's made? It's complicated.
I brew. Sort of.
I've cleaned mash tuns and added hops and connected hose A to FV B.
Sometimes it's been at commercial breweries. Sometimes it's been in Brew School.
So: I love beer. I 'brew' for the shits and giggles. And to learn. And to blag free beer. But mostly to learn stuff about kettle geometry or isomerisation or who once slept with who. Whilst connecting hose A to FV B. Eventually.
I've brewed, but I'm not a brewer.
(I got soul but I'm not a soldier)
Does that affect my enjoyment of beer?
Understanding the scientific principles of brewing enhances my enjoyment of beer. As does:
- my mood
- the weather
- the company I keep
- the place where I drink
- the time of day
- the time of the year
- whether I'm working the next day
- whether I'm sleeping soon
- whether I'm feeling like a session at George Best's best session rate
- whether I'm ready to uncork a bad boy and stare the night down til dawn
You don't need to brew to appreciate beer. Like you don't need to butcher to appreciate steak.